Posted at 9:53 AM on February 28, 2007
by Ben Tesch
Honus card sells for $2.35 million
An anonymous collector paid a record-setting price ($2.35m) for the "Mona Lisa" of baseball memorabilia, the 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card in near mint condition. This particular card was purchased for $1.265 million in 2000, and is one of the few (possibly only) baseball cards that has to be bought by a group with various minority stakeholders... it was once even owned the The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky.
With people living on the streets, going hungry and being underemployed (if THAT! Think Wal-Mart), I think it's positively VULGAR for a piece of cardboard,
bearing the likeness of a dead baseball player, to be "worth" this kind of money. Then, again, it is interesting!